Athletics Kenya defended by Tanui over doping issues in the country

  • Tanui said that AK and the Kenyan government have nothing to do with doping because they only provide a conducive platform and environment for the athletes to showcase their talents.
Moses Tanui, Eldoret City Marathon organizer.

Moses Tanui who is the Eldoret City Marathon organizer has defended the Kenyan government and AK for doping cases that have been lately realized among our athletes. Tanui said that AK invests a lot of money in educating athletes on the risks of such issues.

“Athletes should carry their own cross when it comes to doping and spare AK and government. All we know is that AK’s duty is to provide a good environment to compete,” said Tanui.

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The two-time Boston Marathon Champion said that the main aim of why AK and race organizers have worked closely with the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and Anti-Doping of Kenya (ADAK) is because they want to bring doping to an end.

“We are against cheats and that is why we invest a lot of money in the testing of the athletes,” he added. 

As Tanui was launching the 3rd edition of Eldoret City Marathon which is scheduled to take place on April 1 this year, he said they had received one case of doping in 2019 edition. He confirmed that they dealt with the case in accordance with rules that govern athletics.

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” I personally ran clean and that is why I would like to see doping being criminalized. Dopers spoil for clean runners and this is not good for the country,” he added. 

Doping is an aspect that has ruined many athletes’ careers because it can easily be noted and it leads to huge punishments. For instance, an athlete can be banned from participating in Olympic events. Therefore, it is the duty of every individual to fight doping.

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